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Cassius Marsh latest D-lineman to get hurt; Seahawks down to one healthy TE, Cooper Helfet

Post by Gregg Bell / The News Tribune on Oct. 16, 2014 at 5:31 pm with 22 Comments »
October 16, 2014 5:31 pm

Wide receiver Percy Harvin did not practice today because of a thigh injury. But before we sound alarms recall that last week the Seahawks also gave him Thursday off from practice and listed him with a thigh injury then, too, before he played against Dallas.

The newer concern that could affect Sunday’s game at St. Louis is now two injured defensive linemen who have been seeing time in the rotation as early as the first drives of recent games: end Cassius Marsh was added to the list today with a foot injury and tackle Jordan Hill missed his second consecutive practice with an ankle issue.

Cornerback Byron Maxwell missed a second straight day of practice because of the calf he strained last weekend against the Cowboys. It’s looking more likely Tharold Simon, now fully practicing for the first time since knee surgery six weeks ago, or DeShawn Shead will start at cornerback for Maxwell against the Rams. That would leave Marcus Burley, who came in last weekend after Maxwell got hurt, to play nickel as he has in the first five games.

“We are very much ready to see Tharold play as much as we have to,” is how defensive coordinator Dan Quinn put it following this afternoon’s sunny practice.

Tight end Luke Willson also missed practice with a newly listed groin injury. Starting tight end Zach Miller  is already out for the week. He had ankle surgery three weeks ago and does not look close to returning. Cooper Helfet is currently the only tight end on the roster that is not on the injury list. That means tackle Garry Gilliam, who was a tight end for all but his final season at Penn State and played one down there two weeks ago at Washington, may need to brush off his tight-end skills again this weekend.

Defensive tackle Brandon Mebane rested today.






Leave a comment Comments → 22
  1. Find a way to win Seahawks.

  2. Realizing we still have to weather the storm, I sure hope we can turn this injury “bug” around by about week 10 so we can have everyone healthy for the stretch run.

  3. jawpeace says:

    Wow talk about being thin at TE. Hopefully Willson is not too hurt. But so far it seems that he is injury prone in his young career.

  4. MikeFromNewJersey says:

    Would they go into a game with only one active TE? They might have to activate Allen from the PS if Willson can’t go.

  5. ChrisHolmes says:

    Posting this here because I am betting there’s a few people who would actually really like to read this and, like me, may have missed it.

    This is an article on the Erhardt-Perkins offensive system. I, personally, found it fascinating.

    I think most people who either played football at a HS level, or are actively interested in football as a sport, know about the Coryell route tree and the numbering system for play calls using that system. And most folks know about the way West Coast plays get called, because there’s always a snippet or two of someone, like Hasselbeck, calling an actual play on the radio, to show guys how complicated it sounds (but of course the call has meaning to the players). Stuff like this:

    I have always wondered, however, if there wasn’t a better way to call plays. Most passing plays involve route “concepts” – that is, routes that are designed to work in tandem to beat some kind of coverage (man, zone, cover-2 zone, etc). And I’ve always wondered if there wasn’t an easier way to call those plays, with less verbiage.

    Turns out there is such a way, and it’s the Erhardt-Perkins system.

    The graphic in the article is something I find personally awesome. It shows the same play from multiple formations, and the simplicity of calling it because the route combinations are the same.

    The article is really well-written, and goes into great detail about the complications of using the other systems (Coryell and the WCO), and how the simplicity of this system enables the Patriots to be king of the no-huddle/hurry-up offense.

    Anyway – if you missed it, like I did, I thought you might enjoy the read. For me, as an offensive minded guy, this was pure gold. It’s one of the best articles I’ve read recently. And it taught me something new, which is always fun. Because unlike some people… I know I don’t know everything :)

  6. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Austin Davis has been sacked 15 times this season.
    I expect to see the Seahawks take advantage of his inexperience & pressure him enough to get a pick or two.

    On the other side missing Chris Long has been huge for the Rams pass rush (& lack of sacks) combined with teams game planning to get rid of the ball faster against the Rams.

    It’s rare to win the turnover battle & still lose like last week so I think there’s a good chance we win the turnover battle again & stop the run this time.

    I think if that happens we win by a similar score to last time we played them.

    Something like 27-10

    Will Fisher keep the Rams disciplined this time around?

  7. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Wilson falls out of the MVP talk for now.

    Rivers deservedly is #1.

    Look who is #2 Pabs/Yankinta.

    If Luck wins MVP & gets deep into the playoffs one of you two has to change your username to (Eats Crow).

    Still time to get your servings before they double.

  8. Cassius Marsh being injured will actually improve the Seahawks D.

  9. montanamike2 says:

    I wonder if Jarryd Hayne will tryout for a big WR or TE?

  10. Dukeshire says:

    This is exactly why early byes are tough on teams. How good would it be for them to have a bye in the coming weeks now as opposed to already?

  11. montanamike2 says:

    Duke, i agree, having a bye around mid season is not so detrimental to teams.

  12. ChrisHolmes says:

    The early bye is so dumb…

  13. Gonna be a rough game on Sunday i think. These injuries are adding up quickly

  14. montanamike2 says:

    Marsh has a broken foot that requires surgery and Hill is injured too. Time to get Scruggs back in the fold?

  15. confucious says:

    Aahh Georgia, the qb argument. It’s been fun to watch the stats and opinions on Luck and Wilson be argued for the last three years. (Seriously, it can be very entertaining at times)
    What I don’t understand is how baseball like stats can be used in football. Baseball being a largely individual sport and conversely football success being totally reliant on supporting cast.
    The Wilson – Luck argument can not be won. There is no tangible way to prove which one is better. Unless their supporting cast could be cloned on both offense and defense. Or one tanks so bad that there leaves no doubt. Which doesn’t look like it’s going to happen.
    I’m not calling you guys out as I do like reading and watching the argument unfold. I just wanted to say my piece.

  16. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk,, yes, I’ll change my name to YankinTaEatsCrow,, but if he doesn’t you need to change yours to GeorgiaHawkEatsCrow.

    Do we have a deal?? :) lol

  17. GeorgiaHawk says:

    Again my argument is not a Wilson vs Luck argument.

    It’s a counter argument to Pabs/Yankinta’s argument that Luck is a mediocre or around #15 QB.
    He is certainly a top ten QB (closer to 5) right now but only two in the world disagree.

    Lol. I won’t let them sneak out the back door on this one until they eat their Crow.

    *Yankinta, I will change my name (for a week)if Luck & the Colts don’t win at least two games in the Playoffs this season.

  18. mkelly534 says:

    We can use Gilliam as a blocking tight end and let Hefflet do the pass catching. I like using an offensive lineman as a tight end. Should help the running game quite a bit. I am more concerned about Marsh being injured. I wanted to see how he would grow this year and now it looks like it may be stunted. Also feet injurys tend to be problematic

  19. yankinta says:

    GeorgiaHawk,, okay, make sure you change it to GeorgiaHawkEatsCrowCuzLuckMediocre. okay? :)

    I do agree he’s playing like a Top 10 but only because he’s been playing against JV Teams. He played like a Top 15 QB against Ravens (72 QB Rating).

    I will save this post. lol

  20. This injury report just confirms why were so lucky with our health last year and were able to make the run we did. That’s why its hard to repeat. Only takes one or two injuries to mess up an entire season….

  21. asherinkirkland says:

    Percy Harvin traded to JETS? WTF.

  22. asherinkirkland says:

    Jay Glazer says, so, but I don’t see it anywhere else.

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